cray·fish | \ˈkrā-ˌfish \

Definition of crayfish 

1 : any of numerous freshwater decapod crustaceans (especially families Astacidea, Cambaridae, and Parastacidae) resembling the lobster but usually much smaller

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Sweetbreads with creamy white insides were fried to a pale, crinkled gold, then served with a brown, French, lovely and anachronistic sauce made from veal jus and crayfish. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Since the 1960s, the species has been decimated by fires, mudslides, pesticides, fungal infections, loss of habitat and the appetites of nonnative trout, bullfrogs and crayfish. Louis Sahagun,, "Born in a zoo, released into the San Gabriels, a rare Los Angeles frog bounces back," 27 June 2018 The video, which has already garnered more than a million views on Facebook, shows the crayfish on the edge of the pot using its right claw to rip off its left one,which appeared immobile. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "A Crayfish Amputated Its Own Claw to Avoid Being Boiled Alive in a Hotpot," 4 June 2018 The source of the crayfish infestations is unclear. Michigan Wildlife Council, Detroit Free Press, "Cajun crayfish unwelcome Michigan visitors," 9 Apr. 2018 About to be boiled alive for dinner, a crayfish was captured on video amputating its own claw to escape a pot of boiling broth at a restaurant in China last week. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "A Crayfish Amputated Its Own Claw to Avoid Being Boiled Alive in a Hotpot," 4 June 2018 Studies by the Haereticus Environmental Laboratory have found oxybenzone in oysters, crayfish, lobster, blue crab, and even fish caught and served in Hawaii according to Craig Downs, the executive director of HEL. Mandy Ferreira, Sunset, "10 Sunscreens That Keep You and the Coral Reefs Safe," 22 Jan. 2018 Bruno and his pals are especially keen on Bergerac sec with trout, smoked salmon, chilled summer soups and crayfish atop a broth of celery, fennel, onions and carrots. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "A French wine mystery: Where's the Bergerac?," 6 June 2018 In Fiordland, harvest crayfish (lobster) to feast on later tonight. Tom Ricketts, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to New Zealand," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of crayfish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crayfish

by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, from Anglo-French creveis, escreveice, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krebiz crab — more at crab

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English Language Learners Definition of crayfish

: an animal that looks like a small lobster and lives in rivers and streams


cray·fish | \ˈkrā-ˌfish \
plural crayfish

Kids Definition of crayfish

1 : a freshwater shellfish that looks like the related lobster but is much smaller

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